The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman, Author Listening Library $50 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8072-8062-1
Pullman's masterfully rendered fantasy-adventure, the first in the His Dark Materials trilogy, captivates from the start on this vibrant audio production. As narrator, the British author is swift and sure, inviting young listeners along for a most intriguing story. Young Lyra Belacqua and her daemon companion Pantalaimon leave their sheltered life among the scholars and caretakers at Oxford University to find Lyra's best friend, Roger, who has been kidnapped. Lyra's quest leads her to the Far North where she encounters battle-ready witches, talking polar bears and a team of evil scientists who plan to perform a hideous experiment on Roger and the other children they have captured. But worst of all, Lyra learns that her fearsome Uncle Asriel and the mysterious Mrs. Coulter (who had tried to befriend and kidnap Lyra) are at the center of the child-demon investigations. With the help of the kind Gyptians, Lyra is able to outsmart her enemies and rescue Roger. The cast of actors enact a breadth of characters, from headstrong Lyra and her excitable, impatient daemon to the superior and sharp-sounding Lord Asriel. The villains, dramatic voyages and fantastic creatures are certain to hold listeners' attention throughout the hefty recording. The production is also available in trade packaging, in three separate installments. Ages 9-up. (May)
Reviewed on: 11/30/1998
Release date: 12/01/1998
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-0-679-89310-3
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-345-41459-5
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-345-91365-4
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-8072-8093-5
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-8072-8180-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 368 pages - 978-0-345-41335-2
Analog Audio Cassette - 2 pages - 978-0-679-45164-8
Prebound-Glued - 368 pages - 978-0-613-81036-4
Hardcover - 399 pages - 978-0-375-83830-9
Compact Disc - 9 pages - 978-0-7393-3704-2
Prebound-Glued - 432 pages - 978-0-613-96150-9
Library Binding - 399 pages - 978-0-375-93830-6
Compact Disc - 9 pages - 978-0-7393-4312-8
Paperback - 432 pages - 978-0-440-42220-4
Mass Market Paperbound - 351 pages - 978-0-440-23813-3
Prebound-Glued - 432 pages - 978-0-613-71928-5
Paperback - 978-84-406-9310-5
Prebound-Other - 351 pages - 978-0-606-29887-2
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12945-9
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